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IQ-EQ expands Global Funds Division into Ireland

IQ-EQ has announced its plans to expand its Irish operations with the launch of a dedicated Funds business in Ireland.

Enhancing our group’s existing fund services offering, this move signifies the increasing importance of Ireland as a funds domicile, particularly in light of Britain’s recent exit from the European Union and the changes to the Irish Investment Limited Partnership legislation, the firm said in a press release.

Ireland is already popular among U.S. fund managers, having cemented its status with the Irish Connective Asset Management Vehicle (ICAV), which complements US tax planning, reports IQ-EQ.

The IQ-EQ Group, which includes Blue River and Constellation Advisers in the US, is an established provider of one of the most comprehensive service offerings to alternative fund managers globally. We have also been active in the Republic of Ireland for over 30 years, providing a full range of corporate administration and structured finance solutions from its offices in Dublin and Shannon.

In expanding our Funds service segment into Ireland, IQ-EQ will be transferring a number of experienced key personnel from the group’s wider UK & Ireland cluster, including Belfast-based Eoghan Harney, who will hold the role of Director and Head of Fund Accounting. Added to this, the firm is hiring multiple expert external candidates to bolster local knowledge and complete the senior leadership of the new business. This includes Gary Palmer, former Chief Executive of the Irish Funds Industry Association (IFIA), who is on board as Chairman and Non-Executive Director.

Joanne McEnteggart, Managing Director, Ireland, IQ-EQ, said: “Establishing a Funds business in Ireland was a logical next step for IQ-EQ, which has operated in Ireland for the last 30 years. In fact, taking this step was very much a client led initiative, with many of our clients and intermediaries looking to us to set up a funds operation in what is recognised as a key funds domicile. This is an important milestone not only for the Ireland team but for the Group as a whole as it takes us one step closer to achieving our strategic objective of becoming the most complete independent provider to alternative asset managers globally.”

“We very much welcome the support of IDA Ireland in working with us to bring our funds expertise, reputation for high quality service and focus on technology to the Irish funds industry,” she continued.

John Legrand, Managing Director, UK and Ireland, IQ-EQ, said: “This exciting launch marks a natural extension of the exceptional fund services expertise we already have across the UK and worldwide. We have a large and well-established funds team in Belfast and it is fantastic to be building out that solution across the whole of the island. Without Ireland, IQ-EQ was not able to offer a truly geographically agnostic fund administration solution – but now we can.”

Justin Partington, Group Head of Funds, IQ-EQ, said: “As a group we’re receiving an increasing number of requests from both clients and intermediaries for Irish fund administration solutions. Large numbers of fund managers have already set up Irish operations, partly in response to Brexit, and many clients looking to set up a Europe-domiciled fund increasingly expect administrators to provide them with both an Irish and Luxembourg option to choose from. In response to this demand, IQ-EQ is delighted to be able to expand its existing global Funds segment and build upon its strong Irish Corporate business to introduce a fund services offering in Ireland. We have the global infrastructure, technology and know-how, and are delighted to be bringing that to the Irish market.”

IQ-EQ achieved authorisation as a fund administrator from the Central Bank of Ireland on 15 December 2020 and its new Irish Funds business will go live operationally on 18 March 2021.